Troke Notes: Westbrook surrenders first home run of the season

Stats from June 25th vs Astros

– Lucas Harrell has struggled in 6 career starts against the Cardinals…

LUCAS HARRELL CAREER VS CARDINALS (AS STARTER)
6 STARTS
2-4 RECORD
5.06 IP/START
7.12 ERA
.333 OPP AVG
20/16 K/BB
**LAST 4 STARTS VS STL:  0-4 RECORD, 8.53 ERA

– Jake Westbrook has given up quite a few runs against the Astros, but still keeps picking up wins

JAKE WESTBROOK VS ASTROS (SINCE 2010)
7 STARTS
4-1 RECORD (5-2 TEAM REC)
5.38 IP/START
5.26 ERA
.311 OPP AVG
22/11 K/BB

– Westbrook’s sinker is his go to groundball pitch, but his secondary pitches have been key to his success this season

JAKE WESTBROOK BY PITCH TYPE THIS SEASON (ENTERING TONIGHT)
                                      SINKER           CUTTER        SPLIT/CHANGE
OPP AVG                     .290 (36/124)    .214 (2/14)       .182 (6/33)
SWING %                   39.4 (208/528)   54.7 (35/64)    51.8 (74/143)
WHIFF %                    2.9 (15/528)      10.9 (7/64)       14.7 (21/143)
BALLS IN PLAY %        22.7 (120/528)   18.8 (12/64)    16.8 (24/143)
LINE DRIVE %                  4.4                   3.1                    2.8
RUNS SAVED PER 100     0.32                  1.68                   0.31
**DATA FROM BROOKSBALL.NET AND FANGRAPHS
**4 outs on split/change tonight and 1 out on cutter

– Westbrook allowed a home run tonight, snapping the 2nd longest active streak of batters faced without allowing a home run

Most Consecutive Batters Faced Without Allowing a HR – Active Streaks
Al Alburquerque, Det           315
Jake Westbrook, StL            264 (snapped with Dominguez HR in 6th)
Ryan Cook, Oak                  239
Bobby Parnell, NYM             221
Robbie Ross, Tex                220

– The Cardinals are 22-8 against Houston since the start of the 2011 season

– Westbrook allowed his 1st home run of the season, ending the 4th longest streak to begin a season by a Cardinal since 1950

MOST CONSECUTIVE STARTS TO BEGIN SEASON W/O ALLOWING HR (CARDINALS SINCE 1950)
YEAR        PITCHER                  STARTS W/O HR
1981        SILVIO MARTINEZ            13
1989        JOE MAGRANE                   9
1987        TIM CONROY                     9
2013        JAKE WESTBROOK             8
1988        BOB FORSCH                     8
1971        CHRIS ZACHARY                8
**FRANCHISE RECORD WAS SET BY JESSE HAINES IN 1920 (20 STARTS)

– Matt Holliday made his 1st start from the 5 spot in the lineup since 2011… it’s his 4th start from the 5 spot in the lineup since 2008 (1st 3 were in 2011)

MATT HOLLIDAY CAREER BATTING 5TH

2004-2007    70 GAMES, .316 AVG, 37 XBH, 51 RBI, .890 OPS
2008-2010    0 AT BATS
2011            3 STARTS, 2-FOR-8, 0 XBH, 0 RBI
2012            0 AT BATS
TONIGHT      1-FOR-4, WALK, RUN

– Edward Mujica is one a few closers who’s primary pitch is not a fastball

CURRENT CLOSERS W/ NON-FASTBALL AS PRIMARY PITCH

                                   % OF FASTBALLS     % OF PRIMARY PITCH
MARIANO RIVERA                  4.8                     95.2 (CUTTER)
EDWARD MUJICA                  38.2                    60.3 (SPLITTER)
SERGIO ROMO                      39.7                   42.9 (SLIDER) 12.6 CUTTER
RAFAEL SORIANO                 28.8                    59.5 (CUTTER) 11.7 SLIDER
**ENTERING TONIGHT

– Carlos Beltran doubled on a 3-0 pitch… it’s the 3rd 3-0 pitch he’s put in play this season, but 1st hit

– Allen Craig has been one of the best at hitting with runners in scoring position this season, and he’s 9-for-11 w/ RISP since June 10th

ALLEN CRAIG W/ RISP THIS SEASON
                          4/1-6/9       6/10-TONIGHT
HITS-AT BATS    26-FOR-65    9-FOR-12
AVG                    .400             .750
HR                        1                  1
XBH                      8                  2
RBI                      39                14

– Craig’s 3 RBI raised his career total to 211, tying him for 96th most in franchise history

MOST RBI IN CARDINALS HISTORY
RANK        PLAYER            RBI TOTAL
29        YADIER MOLINA        508 (NEXT IS 513)
42        MATT HOLLIDAY        375 (NEXT IS 387)
95        JESSE BURKETT        214
T-96        ALLEN CRAIG         211
T-96        RON GANT             211
T-96    SKIP SCHUMAKER      211
98        KEN OBERKFELL        210
**DON GUTTERIDGE, DOC LAVAN, AND REBEL OAKES ALSO TIED WITH 209

– Matt Carpenter has been terrific in his career with the bases loaded

MATT CARPENTER CAREER W/ BASES LOADED
6-FOR-8
.750 AVG
2 DOUBLES
1 TRIPLE
0 GRAND SLAMS
20 RBI
1 WALK

– With Pete Kozma and Matt Carpenter’s hits in the 4th, the Cardinals are hitting .394 with the bases loaded this season

CARDINALS WITH BASES LOADED THIS SEASON (MLB RANKS)

26 HITS           1ST
.394 AVG        2ND (BRAVES .417)
3 HOMERUNS   4TH
7 XBH             4TH
69 RBI            7TH
5 WALKS         9TH

– The Cardinals scored 5+ runs in an inning for an MLB leading 12th time this season

MOST 5+ RUN INNINGS IN MLB THIS SEASON
CARDINALS – 12
BREWERS – 12
ATHLETICS – 11
ANGELS – 10
REDS – 9

– The Cardinals are 22-1 all-time when Allen Craig has 3 or more hits in a game

– The Cardinals are 36-9 all-time (including postseason), when David Freese hits a homerun

– Carlos Beltran is now tied with Ellis Burks for 85th on the all-time homerun list

MOST HOMERUNS IN MLB HISTORY
RANK        PLAYER          CAREER HR
79        JOHNNY MIZE         359
T-80        YOGI BERRA        358
T-80        CARLOS LEE        358
82        GREG VAUGHN        355
T-83        LUIS GONZALEZ   354
T-83        LEE MAY              354
85        CARLOS BELTRAN    352
T-86        ELLIS BURKS       352

– Craig continues to crush Houston pitching…

ALLEN CRAIG CAREER VS HOUSTON

34-FOR-87
.391 AVG
7 HR
5 DOUBLES
27 RBI
23 RUNS
1.117 OPS

– David Freese has also owned the Astros…

DAVID FREESE CAREER VS HOUSTON
36-FOR-105
.343 AVG
6 HR
9 DOUBLES
22 RBI
21 RUNS
1.015 OPS

– The Cardinals won their 37th consecutive game when scoring 10+ runs (last loss:  11-0 on 8/26/10 at Washington)

– The Cardinals won their 45th consecutive game when scoring 13+ runs (last loss: 14-13 on 4/16/00 at Colorado

– Tony Cruz collected his 1st hit since June 1st… he was hitless in 10 at bats during that span

– Cruz has the same number of hits as Adam Wainwright (5), and has taken 8 fewer at bats (Wainwright 38 and Cruz 30)

– Craig collected his 3rd career 4-hit game (8/17/11 at Pittsburgh and 9/28/12 vs Washington)

– Craig is 2nd in the NL in RBI

NL RBI LEADERS
ARZ    PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT – 66
STL    ALLEN CRAIG – 61
CIN    BRANDON PHILLIPS – 60
COL    CARLOS GONZALEZ – 58
CIN     JAY BRUCE – 55

– The Cardinals 13 runs are their most in interleague play since June 16, 2007 at Oakland (15-6 win)

– The Cardinals struck out looking 8 times Tuesday night … The 5th time they’ve struck out looking 8+ times in a game since 1988

CARDINALS GAMES W/ 8+ STRIKEOUTS LOOKING SINCE 1988
4/29/1995 VS METS – 9
5/16/1997 VS BRAVES – 8
8/2/2007 VS PIRATES – 8
5/11/2012 VS BRAVES – 8
TONIGHT VS ASTROS – 8

– All 3 Cardinals outs in the 3rd inning were strikeouts looking… it’s the 6th time since 1992 a pitcher struck out 3 Cardinals looking in an inning

Last 6 Times Pitcher Striking Out 3 Cardinals Looking in Inning
 
Pitcher                                  Inn         Game Date
Lucas Harrell, Hou                  3rd        06/25/2013
Joe Blanton, Phi                     3rd         08/02/2008
Terry Mulholland, SF              4th         09/09/1997
John Franco, NYM                  9th         04/28/1995
Tommy Greene, Phi                6th         05/07/1993
Mark Gardner, Mon                3rd         09/07/1992

– The Cardinals scored 13+ runs for the 7th time at Houston

CARDINALS W/ 13+ RUNS AT HOUSTON (ALL-TIME)
4/23/1963 – 15-0 WIN
9/3/01965 – 19-8 WIN
8/1/1970 – 14-7 WIN
4/6/1982 – 14-3 WIN
9/27/2011 – 13-6 WIN
6/7/2012 – 14-2 WIN
6/25/2013 – 13-5 WIN